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Relativism and the Social Sciences - Ernest Gellner

Relativism and the Social Sciences

Paperback Published: 27th April 1987
ISBN: 9780521337984
Number Of Pages: 212

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This volume of essays deals with the problem of relativism, in particular cultural relativism. If our society knows better than other societies, how do we know that it knows better? There is a profound irony in the fact that this self-doubt has become most acute in the one civilisation that has persuaded the rest of the world to emulate it. The claim to cognitive superiority is often restricted, of course, to the limited sphere of natural science and technology; and that immediately raises the second main theme of this volume - the differences between the human and natural sciences. These essays reach towards a new style and mode of enquiry - a mixture of philosophy, history and anthropology - that promises to prove more revealing and fruitful.

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'Gellner writes with a razor. His first essay on positivism and hegelianism ... is simply brilliant.' The Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... one of the pleasures of reading Gellner is just that he always finds a more apt phrase, a sharper comment, a better example than most of us could make up for ourselves.' New Society

Editorial prefacep. v
Introductionp. I
Positivism against Hegelianismp. 4
The gaffe-avoiding animal or A Bundle of Hypothesesp. 68
Relativism and universalsp. 83
The scientific status of the social sciences (und leider auch Sociologie)p. 101
What is structuralisme?p. 128
No haute cuisine in Africap. 158
Concepts and communityp. 167
Sourcesp. 187
Bibliography of Ernest Gellner (III): supplements and additionsp. 188
Name indexp. 194
Subject indexp. 196
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ISBN: 9780521337984
ISBN-10: 0521337984
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 27th April 1987
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.39 x 13.67  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.26

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